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Anita Doron

filmmaker - curator of magic unrealism,


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Wealth and power have been our conventional measures of success. What definition will better sustain us now and how can we move into it?

The other day, my mother mentioned that she hasn't accomplished anything in her life. (She's a forest and machine engineer who hasn't found a suitable job since immigrating from the Soviet Union 20 years ago) It broke my heart to hear this. We live in a world that makes people value themselves more and more singularly by their career highs and financial prowess.

The conventional model of success has proven to be destructive, separating and pitting us against each other in competition.

What would be a better definition of accomplishment for us and how could we collectively shift toward embracing this?


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  • Jun 6 2011: My personal definition of whether or not I have been successful in a day is to think about whether or not I have impacted someone's life in a positive way. Every evening I think about this and if I have not I try to think of ways to change what I did that day so I don't make the same mistake.

    From another source though, Chris Rock said "Being rich is not about having money; it's about having options." This could just as easily be about success rather than riches.

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